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New City Striker? Definitely Maybe

New City Striker? Definitely Maybe

Halfway through January, the promising Mexican Nery 'El Diablo' Castillo and Iraqi unknown quantity Nashat Akram are the only additions to The MCFC Sven Revolution.

Castillo has certainly put in plenty of effort following his arrival, but an out and out striker, he clearly is not. It's fingers crossed that the shoulder injury he sustained last night proves to be not as serious as first thought. Svennis needs all options available.

Our third encounter of the season with West Ham and our umpteenth narrow scoreline have once again highlighted the glaring need for a striker who knows where the onion bag is.

French daily 'Le Parisen' reports this morning that Bayern Munich's exciting Lukas Podolski 'is in contact with Manchester City.'

Bayern's President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly acknowledged City's interest but declared that the German International will remain at the club.

The other striker who has yet again been media touted for a move to City is Newcastle's Michael Owen. It transpires that the injury ravaged yet capable goalscorer does not get on with the newly re-installed Barcode messiah Mad Kev. So much so, that he went into print about it, referring in his book to less than enjoyable times under Keegan with Ingurland. He felt he was singled out by KK as a scapegoat, no less.

If City fail to recruit up front this fortnight, then our European challenge is going to look pretty tame strikerwise as Vassell and Bianchi cannot be relied upon to fire the bullets usually provided by Petrov.

Mpenza has drifted hopelessly out of contention having succumbed again to the many injuries that have blighted his career and the brilliance of Sturridge and the power of Bojinov are not going to be seen realistically until the spring. Outside of Evans and Miller out on loan, the rest of the strikers on our books just don't bear thinking about.

Of course, the team could also use more balance. If West Ham, going into Episode 4 of this season's City-Hammers saga have not yet worked out how to cut off Petrov's supply line then it's time to give over. We need to create more from the right, and Svennis will certainly be well aware of it.

He'll know there is a need for some reinvention in this City team if we are to remain contenders. Whether he and Frank can bring in the quality of Samir Nasri from Marseille during what is very often a difficult January transfer window big name signings-wise is another story.

Who get's your vote for the January sales?


Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday January 17 2008
Time: 12:06PM

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As you say January is not the best time to make signings as prices go up as Clubs get desperate to qualify for Europe or avoid relegation. Sven has made it perfectly clear that they will not be held to ransom with inflated prices so it wouldn't surprise me if he sticks with what he has got if he cannot get his intended signings for realistic prices. With Sturridge, Bojinov and Johnson nearing full fitness it would not be the end of the world to finish in the top seven and make a big push in the summer for quality siginings to take us into the top four.
alphieblues
17/01/2008 12:28:00
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We're linked to Daniel Guiza at Mallorca at the moment. Wouldn't mind him. Big burly fella who knows where the net is!
Twosips
17/01/2008 12:28:00
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One things for sure, our attack needs bolstering. Whether that comes from within the squad or elsewhere, indeed Mallorca, who knows! There could be something in that Owen story. City are now 6/4 favourite to sign Owen ahead of the rags...
Johnny Baguette
17/01/2008 12:39:00
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Can we afford to upset the wage structure for Owens signature ???
alphieblues
17/01/2008 12:56:00
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Well, if we do start signing big names, the wage structure is going to go to bollox. Could be the case for holding on to Dunney and Micah. Depends how bad the rift is between hopalong and KK.
Johnny Baguette
17/01/2008 13:07:00
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"Daniel Guiza at Mallorca" - so are we!!! anyway, based on your perfomance at west ham, you need a new striker...badley!
pompeycarpet
17/01/2008 17:13:00
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Need a clear and present striking threat, that's for sure, pc! If only Sturridge and Bojinov were fit!!
Johnny Baguette
17/01/2008 18:00:00
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i love the writers on this site and how they are very good at getting the correct info, i hope this one works out for you as for the first time in years some team outside the big five have a chance
ozanne park rangers
17/01/2008 18:56:00
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May thanks, ozanne! We Blues are in a strange predicament right now. Should we be content to settle for what we have and maybe a little less, considering what we have endured down the years? Or should we push the club on to sieze the moment and strive to build upon the miraculous position we find ourselves in? I'm strongly for the latter considering all the hard work put in so far.
Johnny Baguette
17/01/2008 19:05:00
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The MUEN are boldly predicting that Bianchi will follow Dabo through the Eastlands exit door any day now, on loan to an Italian side in his case. They say the decision rests with him. I'll be disappointed if he goes as he has had tremendous support and is showing real promise but realise that there was no way all of Sven's eight summer signings would have been successful. The immediate concern is for sunday. If Bianchi is offski, then he is hardly going to put in a full shift is he, if he figures at all?! Bobbit Dickov phoenix from the flames, anyone?!!
Johnny Baguette
17/01/2008 20:54:00
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